Cow linked to RI rabies scare died of parasites

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — One of two cows whose deaths in Tiverton touched off a rabies scare succumbed to common parasites.

Rhode Island state veterinarian Scott Marshall said Thursday that test results show the cow had roundworms and a parasitic protozoan. Earlier tests had already ruled out rabies.

The cow’s death last month followed the death of another calf, named Oreo, which had been quarantined after biting a Massachusetts resident.

Local animal officials did not notify the state in time for Oreo’s remains to be tested for rabies, prompting state officials to recommend rabies treatment for 23 people who had contact with the calf.

No cases of rabies have been reported in connection with the cows’ deaths.

The cows had been in a pasture near Gray’s, a popular ice cream shop.

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